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Old 12-04-2017, 07:09 PM
Serie3frk Serie3frk is offline
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Suddenly 3 series started to give trouble

Hi everyone.

I went off on a two week vacation and after comming back, my car started to give lot of problems. Before of that, it was a trouble free, perfectly fine 3 series with 30+ miles on it

First it blew a giant cloud of heavy white smoke when I started it at the airport. Has not done it again ever since.
Then the iDrive/NAV screen started to blink and eventually went black. Radio, cell phone, reverse sensors they all work fine but the screen is gone. I tried pushing the pwr button for +30 seconds and nothing, yesterday it came back for a few seconds and then it went black again,( I noticed the GPS MAP was turning accordingly to the car direction )
Then the TPMS say I have a low pressure on a tire, after checking them all with the same gauge, they seem to be at the correct pressure and the alert is still on ( Since the screen is out. I canít re-set the pressure on the system.)

Could this be due to the car beeing stoped and a low battery voltage creating all of this? It does not show any battery sign or low voltage message but I just refuse to think I have such a bad luck and all of this is happening together all of a sudden.
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:13 PM
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Dunno about the white smoke, but the car will shut down all sorts of electrical stuff if the battery is low to ensure you can actually start the car. I would suggest you charge your battery (make sure you use a charger that can charge AGM batteries if you have one of those like most newer BMWs do.
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:07 PM
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Low battery causes all kinds of issues in these modern cars. It seems to be new, with 30 miles, but how long did it sit at the dealer? Your profile says "2014 328i" which makes me think that you bought a really old new car, or you got some facts wrong somewhere.

Maybe you meant to write 30K miles? If you're in Mexico, wouldn't that be kilometers? The more I look at this the more confused I get.

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